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Fire Safety Tips for Single Women Homeowners

March 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Misc


fire-safetyAny single woman with her own home knows that fire safety and prevention is an important thing to consider. A fire can happen at any time and be devastating to a home, not to mention life-threatening. Here are a few things every single woman homeowner should know about fire safety to make the home more secure.

1. Purchase a Central Burglar/Fire Alarm

Smoke detectors are an essential for every home. Make sure to test them monthly to see if they’re still working. Beyond smoke detectors, though, a single woman can greatly benefit from a central alarm covering both fire and intruders anywhere in the house. This alarm may even give you a discount on your homeowner’s insurance.

2. Use Surge Protectors For Your Electronics

Electrical fires can happen when a power strip short circuits or is overloaded with various plug-ins. A surge protector is not much more expensive and helps regulate the electric flow. Even if there is an overload, the surge protector will keep it from turning into a fire hazard.

3. Keep Fire Extinguishers Handy

If you only have one fire extinguisher in the home, you’re taking a risk. If a fire breaks out between you and the room with the fire extinguisher, you won’t be able to get to it and it won’t do you any good. Keep fire extinguishers throughout the home, especially in the kitchen, the bedroom, and the garage.

4. Choose a First-Floor Bedroom If Possible

If you have multiple bedrooms on multiple floors, choose the one closest to the ground. With just you in the house, you run too great a risk. If a fire breaks out while you’re sleeping, you might find yourself completely stuck, unable to get outside. Ground floor bedrooms are generally easier to escape from in an emergency.

5. Have a Fire Evacuation Plan

Walk through every room of the house and determine how you could safely escape rooms during a fire. Much like the above tip said, you do not want to be stuck in a room with no way to escape and no time to figure it out. Review your fire evacuation plan frequently, and take any precautions necessary to make it possible, such as opening windows that have gotten stuck shut.

6. Avoid Using Portable Heaters

Portable heaters can be a major fire hazard, especially if you leave them on when you sleep or leave the room. With nobody else to keep an eye on them, it would be very easy for them to start a fire. If you do use portable heaters, never leave them unattended and keep them three feet or further from anything flammable.

7. Replace Faulty Appliances

With all the appliances that can be used in the kitchen or the bathroom, you’ll want to make sure you’re not creating a fire hazard by using them if they’re going bad. If your appliances ever start to spark or if they consistently create a burning smell like they are overheating, you should replace them as soon as possible.

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